NASA's Universe of Learning Science Briefing: April 2018

Created by Emma Marcucci Last updated 12/3/2018

The resources in this list pertain to the presentation given on April 12, 2018, titled, "Visualizing the Universe with NASA Data".
NASA's Universe of Learning is a program which will integrate NASA's Astrophysics Science Mission Directorate programs, and will advance STEM learning and literacy by creating and delivering a unified suite of education products, programs, and professional development that spans the full spectrum of NASA Astrophysics.
NASA's Universe of Learning is partnering with the NASA Museum Alliance to provide professional development briefings for the informal science education community. These briefings provide current NASA Astrophysics themes, content, and resources to the informal community. These curated lists present the resources described during the briefings. To find the briefings, you can go here:


    By following the video tutorials below, you will see just how integral coding is in the pursuit of learning about our Universe. It's an example of the exciting ways that computer science is both part of routine tasks in our every day lives and part of the exciting quest to explore the cosmos. Has computer and pencil/paper versions.
  • How to talk to a spacecraft

    Telescope images show our Universe in amazing ways that go beyond with that the human I can see. Those images arrive as a series of 1s and 0s (or binary code) and need to be translated to the unique images we see. These activities helps youths learn about binary code through hands-on experiences, such as writing their name in binary.
  • 3D Printing the X-ray Universe

    Despite our limited abilities to travel to distant objects in outer space, astronomers, computer scientists, and others are developing techniques that nudge astronomy visualization forward from two-dimensional images to images that include time, and also, the third dimension in space. 3D modeling objects in our Universe offers a unique tool to understand scientific data. And while interacting with 3D data on a computer screen can be powerful, the ability to create a physical manifestation of the model - through 3D printing - can take things even farther.
  • Tinkercad: Universe in 3D

    Explore the Universe using Tinkercad and 3D Printing. This resource includes video tutorials and steps for various levels of experience.
  • Walking among the stars

    Use virtual reality to explore the Cassiopeia A supernova remnant.
  • Flight Through the Orion Nebula in Visible and Infrared Light

    Fly through the Orion Nebula in this visualization using both visible and infrared light views. Additional 360 degree and dome versions exist.
  • Art of Astrophysics

    How do you visualize distant worlds that you can't see? A team of artists uses scientific data to imagine exoplanets and other astrophysical phenomena.
  • NASA's Eyes: Eyes on Exoplanets

    Updated daily, “Eyes on Exoplanets” will fly you to any planet you wish—as long as it's far beyond our solar system. This fully rendered 3D universe is scientifically accurate, allowing you to zoom in for a close look at more than 1,000 exotic planets known to orbit distant stars.
  • HubbleSite: Videos

    Catalog of science visualizations, inluding dome content (with frames), fly-throughs, 360 video, and 3D content. Variations of the Orion Nebula visualization are linked here.
  • AstroPix

    AstroPix offers access to the public image galleries of many of the leading astronomical observatories under a single unified interface. Assets include a full range of astronomical observations, artwork, and charts spanning the field of astronomy. This link will take you to science data visualizations.
  • NASA Scientific Visualization Studio

    Located at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, SVS works closely with scientists to create data visualization products that promote a greater understanding of NASA Earth and space science. Thousands of visualizations are available – with new ones added frequently – and include images, animations and short movies on topics as wide-ranging as NASA science. Browse the collection by theme, as well as search by keyword, mission, instrument, etc. Visualizations can be downloaded in a variety of formats and resolutions.